3D Modeling Essentials

Short 3D modeling course for beginners taught by top film and game experts


Harness the tools and techniques to start your journey as a 3D modeler

In this online 3D modeling course, you'll learn how to create digital assets using Maya and Substance Painter. You'll be mentored by an industry expert with years of experience working on blockbuster films and best-selling video games.

Why study 3D modeling with us:

  • Receive mentorship from professional 3D artists
  • Learn to create 3D assets from scratch
  • Discover industry techniques and workflows
  • Choose 1-on-1 or small group classes (max. 4 students)

This short course will introduce you to hard surface and organic modeling techniques. You'll create stylized 3D assets from scratch and understand the difference between film and video game modeling.


Industry Certificate


3 months


20 hrs weekly

Skill level


Start date

August 5th, 2024
September 9th, 2024
October 7th, 2024


Group Class: $3,333 USD
Private Class: $4,677 USD
Ask about our payment plans

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An industry-approved curriculum to get you started in the world of 3D modeling

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 1: Essentials of 3D Modeling

Learn 3D Modeling Essentials starting with the essentials: navigating Maya’s interface, understanding professional workflows, commonly used tools, and building 3D assets from scratch. Identify differences between film and video game models by learning high poly 3D modeling techniques, then converting it for video games, and adding textures in Substance Painter.

*This short course is equivalent to the first term of the 3D Modeling Foundations course. If you continue your learning journey, you'll be eligible to join the Foundations course from Term 2 onwards.

  • How to set up proper workflows in Maya
  • Create 3D models for film & games
  • Retopolgize objects for clean line flow
  • Texture using Substance Painter
  1. Introduction To 3D Modeling
  2. Texturing Process Basics
  3. Tool Box Modeling
  4. Modeling Hat and Rockets
  5. Belt Accessories
  6. Character Modeling: Body Form
  7. Character Modeling: Face And Details
  8. Character Modeling: Props And Assembly
  9. Character Texturing
  10. Character Final Assembly
  11. Baseplate Modeling
  12. Additional Modeling Elements
Career Track

Your pathway to the industry

This short course is equivalent to term one of the Foundations course. On completion of the Essentials course, if you decide to progress further with your studies, you'll enroll straight into term two of the corresponding Foundations course which means you'll already be one-third of the way through your studies! Continue your learning journey towards an exciting career in the industry by enrolling into the Foundations Career Track.

Pathway illustration for Essentials 3 Month Course

Build 3D modeling skills with an industry expert as your guide

These expert 3D modelers, who've worked in film and games, have the skills, knowledge, and industry insights to support you during your studies.

Frequently asked questions

3D Modeling Essentials course FAQs

Learn more about the prerequisites for this course and the 3D modeling careers you could explore in the future. For general questions about studying at CG Spectrum, visit the main FAQ page or contact us.

Age Minimum
he general minimum age to be able to enroll in our industry certificate courses is 16. We require parent or guardian consent during the enrollment process for applicants under 18.

Students under 16 will require a further assessment before they can officially enrol. This may include an interview with a course advisor and the creation of a study plan to ensure they have considered how they will manage a college-level workload.

English Proficiency
We expect our students to have a good understanding of written and spoken English. There’s no specific ’level'; however, you must be able to understand video tutorials in English (no subtitles) and speak with your mentor in English during your live Q&A session.

Computer Literacy
To be successful in this program, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


Students can sign up for an educational license for Autodesk Maya and Substance Painter. Instructions for how to obtain an educational license for the required software will be provided upon enrollment.


You will need a dedicated graphics card, and a computer that meets the minimum requirements for Autodesk Maya and Substance Painter. A minimum of 32GB RAM is ideal.

Please note: as the software we use is regularly updated, please check the specs against the latest available version at the time of enroling.

This short course will get you started on your creative journey, but in a competitive industry, we advise continuing your studies with the full career track.

The 3D modeling career track includes the 3D Modeling Foundations and 3D Modeler Specialization. It is designed to better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.

The career track ensures you build strong foundational skills before moving on to more complex techniques and workflows. You will also dedicate time to career development and preparing a polished portfolio while you gain invaluable industry insights.

Some of the junior 3D modeling jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:

Discover more about these 3D modeling jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page: